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A look at DLA Distribution Albany, Ga.

What was once the hunting camp for Native Americans in southwest Georgia has today become a 3,600 acre logistics base that DLA Distribution Albany, Ga., calls home. Located on one of two Marine Corps Logistics Bases, or MCLB, DLA Distribution Albany, Ga., is the primary source of storage and distribution of secondary repair parts and expendables for the Marine Corps Logistics Command on MCLB Albany, Ga.

DLA Distribution Albany, Ga., also stocks a wide range of commonly ordered items by the military services and other Department of Defense customers. Items stored include meals ready-to-eat, clothing and textiles, construction materials, electrical supplies, electronic components and many more items. In addition to the basic receive, store and ship mission, other functions that are performed include preservation and packaging; stock readiness inspection; unit, kit and set assembly; and marking and reclassification of material.

DLA Distribution Albany, Ga., performs unique missions that include providing all transportation management functions for MCLB Albany, the home of Marine Corps Logistics Command and other tenant activities. To move the massive amounts of material required to sustain the Marine Corps, from one of only two maintenance centers of its kind in the world, requires an extensive amount of planning and equipment. This includes basic material handling equipment, all the way to a 150-ton crane lifting operation. To understand the complexity of this task, one first has to gain an understanding of the mission and work performed at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany.

Marine Corps Logistics Command, with its headquarters located there, is currently the largest tenant organization aboard MCLB. The Albany, Ga. Logistics Command provides customized strategic and operational logistical support to the Marine Corps, and is comprised of four command elements. Two are DoD?s premier maintenance centers; one in Albany, the other located in Barstow, Calif. The third element is Blount Island Command, or BICMD, located in Jacksonville, Fla., which is the hub of the Marine Corps Prepositioning Program and a key enabler to the expeditionary forces. The fourth element is Logistics Command Forward, headquartered at BICMD and deployed to Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Maintenance Center Albany, or MCA, is a multi-commodity maintenance repair facility that supports the Marine Corps and other customers with the repair of ground combat and combat support equipment. MCA concurrently works more than 490 different repair lines at one time, repairing and remanufacturing all types of military ordnance, motor transport, engineering, general purpose, electronic and communication equipment. MCA was spurred into action following the pressing requirement for immediate capabilities to counter the threat of improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, in Iraq. Prototype armor kits were invented, tested, manufactured and installed within weeks of the urgent requests from operating forces, while maturing versions were soon being applied to Humvees, cargo trucks, bulldozers, road graders and tow trucks. MCA Albany also developed the Humvee Egress Assistance Trainer, which simulates the results of a close IED blast and trains Marines to safely exit an overturned vehicle.

Since July 2009, DLA Distribution Albany, Ga., has continually supported the Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected, or MRAP, vehicle project. This independent suspension systems, or ISS, project is vital to the sustainment of this life-saving vehicle. More than 1,500 20-foot containers with the replacement ISS kits have been shipped. Earlier that same year, in support of the deployment of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, nearly 800 truckloads of supplies were dispatched in a 120-hour span to meet the deploying units? needs.

In January 2010, after the devastating earthquake that ravished Haiti, DLA Distribution Albany, Ga., exemplified their ability to respond in a time of crisis. Teams worked around the clock to load the vital sustenance bound for a place that most have never been, for a nation of people that they may never meet. These efforts culminated with a staggering 200,000 cases of meals, ready-to-eat, or MREs, being shipped to aid in the relief efforts.

Recently DLA Distribution Albany, Ga., hosted a meeting with personnel representing the Army and NEFAB, a company that creates custom prefabricated boxes. The Albany site was chosen to conduct a trail run to test the durability of housing three kilowatt generators in prefabricated boxes. Key players at DLA Distribution Albany, Ga., worked side-by-side with the Army and NEFAB personnel to step through the construction process to uncover any potential set backs to the project. The purpose of this project is to find a well designed prefabricated box that not only will withstand the process of being transported all over the world, but will also have the ability to be a reusable commodity for the Army. This test run included 500 three kilowatt generators that were boxed up and will now be shipped to field units so that the data can be gathered and a determination made as to the awarding of a contract.

On the verge of spanning six decades of continuous service, MCLB Albany, Ga., has been an integral part of the surrounding community and the defense of our nation and its allies. DLA Distribution Albany, Ga., is proud to be a part of MCLB Albany?s rich history dating back to March 1, 1952, when the base was first commissioned as the Marine Corps Depot of Supplies. Since that time, many changes have taken place, many contingencies and wars have been fought; yet through it all, this once great hunting ground has answered the call. It has always provided the Warfighter with the tools and resources needed to survive and perform their duties, just as it does today.

A DLA Distribution Albany, Ga.
A DLA Distribution Albany, Ga., employee loads meals, ready-to-eat onto a truck for delivery.

Employees move large containers at DLA Distribution Albany, Ga.
Employees move large containers at DLA Distribution Albany, Ga.

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